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The Dave Play - Is It Back? Did It Ever Leave?

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September 5, 2019 at 3:42pm

Jim Tressel's most famous play was one we've all complained about and memed continuously as a fan base over the years.  However, Ross Fulton wrote a piece back in 2012 about this play and how Urban Meyer had used it in the past from spread formations.  The summary being that the Dave play isn't bad in and of itself, but Tressel's lack of constraints for this play prevented it from being as effective as it could be.

Now Kyle Jones in his latest film study has enlightened us with knowledge that Ryan Day is also featuring this play in his offense, and is also using constraints to make it effective.  Master Teague got a first down near the goal line on a Dave play using a TE as the FB, and on the next play runs play action off it for a TD pass to the TE.

So although we love to make fun of this play, my username being evidence of this, let's not forget that any play run repeatedly without constraints to it will lead to ineffectiveness, regardless of play design.  So let's embrace the Dave and hope for more TD's off it this season.

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